Papaw Beshear Will Chap Ass Tomorrow

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Mitch McConnell expected a warm, or at least anger-free, welcome Thursday. Several police officers stood watch throughout the swanky Hotel Covington. His hosts were the Northern Kentucky and Cincinnati chambers of commerce. And it cost $65 to attend. [H-L]

Donald Trump and his aides keep insisting that his presidency has already yielded progress on a historic scale. “I don’t think there’s ever been a president elected who in this short period of time has done what we’ve done,” Trump said at a press conference last week. Actually, Trump’s immediate predecessor achieved a lot more. That’s partly because President Barack Obama took office amid a real crisis, as opposed to the fake one Trump keeps insisting he faces. [HuffPo]

Kentucky’s beleaguered child welfare system was slammed in an outside review by federal officials who provide much of the $415 million in funds for the state to protect children from neglect and abuse. [C-J/AKN]

Democrats have tapped former Gov. Steve Beshear to deliver the party’s response to President Donald Trump’s address to a joint session of Congress Tuesday night, highlighting the Kentucky Democrat’s efforts to expand health care coverage under the law Republicans are determined to repeal and replace. [AP]

In politics, as in most endeavors, perspective means everything. Democrats who held the majority in the Kentucky House of Representatives for nearly 100 years, now find themselves in the minority. They don’t much like it and tensions and accusations Friday — in both directions — of playing politics made for a lengthy and contentious debate on a bill capping what outside attorneys can charge for contract work with the Office of the Attorney General. [Ronnie Ellis]

When photographs recently emerged showing Sebastian Gorka, President Donald Trump’s high-profile deputy assistant, wearing a medal associated with the Nazi collaborationist regime that ruled Hungary during World War II, the controversial security strategist was unapologetic. [Click the Clicky]

A bill that would reshape Kentucky’s judicial system is headed to the Senate floor, despite receiving sharp criticism from public officials in Boyd County and across the Commonwealth. [Ashland Independent]

Analysts at the Homeland Security Department’s intelligence arm found insufficient evidence that citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries included in President Donald Trump’s travel ban pose a terror threat to the United States. [More AP]

Rowan County Judge-Executive Walter Blevins said he will serve out his remaining term before retiring, despite rumors throughout the county. [The Morehead News]

Ambassador Daniel Fried, the outgoing coordinator for sanctions policy, did not mention President Donald Trump or speak directly to his policies, but the State Department officials present understood his meaning when he said “we are not an ethno-state, with identity rooted in shared blood.” “The option of a white man’s republic ended at Appomattox,” he said in a farewell address at the State Department, referencing the 1865 battle that led to the surrender of the Confederate army and ended the Civil war. [CNN]

The GOP plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act — which was leaked to Politico and reported on Friday — would eliminate the money given to states for Medicaid expansion starting in 2020. [WFPL]

The Trump administration has enlisted senior members of the intelligence community and Congress in efforts to counter news stories about Trump associates’ ties to Russia, a politically charged issue that has been under investigation by the FBI as well as lawmakers now defending the White House. [WaPo]

I’d put a ton of money on Greg Stumbo being overjoyed about this news. Hold on to yer booties, Greg, cause it’s about to get crazier for some of those folks. Former Prestonsburg Mayor Jerry Fannin illegally used city money to support an arena football team in which he was an investor, a federal grand jury has charged. [H-L]

Rep. Dave Brat (R-Va.) argued Tuesday that one of the best things the United States could do for the environment was grow the economy, because rich people like clean air and water. [HuffPo]

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